Quiz 047: Ship Disaster Quiz


01.) The world was shocked when the Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, and sunk just a few hours later at 2:20 am on April 15. The “unsinkable” ship RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, losing at least 1,517 lives, making it one of the deadliest maritime disasters in history. Although several ships received the Titanic’s distress calls and changed their course to help, what is the name of the ship that first to arrive for rescue?

02.) It was a Japanese built and Philippine-registered passenger ferry that sank after colliding with the oil tanker Vector on December 20, 1987. Official blame was directed at Vector, which was found to be unseaworthy and operating without a license, lookout or qualified master. With an estimated death toll of 4,386 people and only 25 survivors, it remains the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history. What is the name of this ship?

03.) It was a ferry vessel which was sank as it was crossing from Tallinn to Stockholm in September 1994, killing 852 people. It is the second-deadliest peacetime sinking of a European ship, after the RMS Titanic, and the deadliest peacetime shipwreck to have occurred in European waters. What is this ship?

04.) The sinking of this Cunard ocean liner occurred on, 7 May 1915 during the First World War, as Germany waged submarine warfare against the United Kingdom which had implemented a naval blockade of Germany. The ship was identified and torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20, took on a heavy starboard list, and sank in 18 minutes  killing 1,198 and leaving 761 survivors. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, contributed to the American entry into World War I and became an iconic symbol in military recruiting campaigns of why the war was being fought .What is this ship?

05.) It was a roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ferry which capsized moments after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on the night of 6 March 1987, killing 193 passengers and crew. Since the disaster, improvements have been made to the design of RORO vessels, with watertight ramps, indicators showing the position of the bow doors, and banning of undivided decks. What is this ferry?

06.) It was a German armed military transport ship which was sunk on 30 January 1945 by Soviet submarine S-13 in the Baltic Sea while evacuating German civilian refugees from East Prussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia and military personnel from Gotenhafen (Gdynia) as the Red Army advanced. By one estimate, 9,400 people died, which makes it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history. What is this ship?

07.) On 13 January 2012, the Italian cruise ship ran aground, capsized, and later sank in shallow waters after striking an underwater rock off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, resulting in 32 deaths. The ship was deviated from her planned route at the Isola del Giglio, sailed closer to the island, and struck a rock formation on the sea floor. What is this ship?

08.) It was a passenger and cargo steamship built in 1908 for the Blue Anchor Line to operate between Europe and Australia. In July 1909, on only her second voyage, the ship, en route from Durban to Cape Town, disappeared with 211 passengers and crew aboard. No trace of the ship has ever been found. This ship was referred as “Australia’s Titanic”?

09.) Henrik Kurt Carlsen as a Danish-born sea-captain who became world-famous in January 1952 when he stayed on his sinking freighter for 13 days. It eventually sank less than 60 kilometres (37 mi) from safe harbour at Falmouth, Cornwall in England, minutes after the Captain was forced to abandon ship. What is the name of this ship?

10.) It was a German battleship of World War II that had a short but spectacular career. it was hit by a torpedo that crippled its steering gear, and the ship was bombarded throughout the night by battleships. On the morning of May 27 the King George V and the Rodney, in an hour-long attack, incapacitated the Bismarck, and an hour and a half later it sank after being hit by three torpedoes from the cruiser Dorsetshire. Of the some 2,300 crew aboard the Bismarck, only about 110 survived. What is the name of this battle ship?


01.) RMS Carpathia

02.) MV Dona Paz

03.) MS Estonia

04.) RMS Lusitania

05.) MS Herald of Free Enterprise

06.) MV Wilhelm Gustloff

07.) Costa Concordia

08.) SS Waratah

09.) Flying Enterprise

10.) Bismark

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